Grand Hosts Dance Residency With James Wilton
To celebrate having one of the country’s finest up-and-coming choreographers – James Wilton – here at The Grand, we hosted an exclusive opportunity for children across the Fylde to participate in workshops.
James Wilton presented his current show Last Man Standing at the Grand on Tuesday 8 April to a diverse audience of contemporary dance lovers. Over the weekend leading up to the show, James also worked with children and young people in a residency workshop which spanned varius venues, from the Oracle on St Annes Road, to the Grand Theatre’s Studio.
An urban dance workshop enabled 8-20 year olds to get involved in advancing their skills and techniques, while a mixed ability class for martial arts dance students aged 14 and up helped others incorporate this specific form of discipline into dance.
The workshops provided a opportunity for children and young people to work closely with James Wilton who is renowned for choreographing the opening ceremony to the Rugby World Cup. Yet it was also a chance for those who had no experience of dance to try it out and discover something new. Families were also encouraged to attend the martial arts dance group, helping children and adults explore their passions and get fit together.
The brilliant residency by James Wilton came to a climactic end with a performance by Fylde Youth Dance Company on the Comedy Carpet, showcasing the upbeat and exciting new moves they worked on with James.